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Brodie’s Law #3

Posted: Monday, February 7, 2005
By: James Redington



Writers: Daley Osiyemi & David Bircham (story), Alan Grant
Artist: David Bircham

Publisher: Pulp Theatre Entertainment


The Story so far: (Taken from the recap at the start of issue 3): "I now have detective Harry Wade on my tail… I escaped the last time… I may not be so lucky next time. I had to kidnap the genetic scientists Tomokai. It was the only way I could get her to help me. Things are hottin’ up… No time for Mr. Nice guy!"

The Review:

“What would the law mean, if every day had a different face?”

We are about to find out. This is what the first two issues have been building to. The premise of the series is about to kick!

So far, Jack Brodie hasn’t had it easy. His wife has been murdered, and they have taken his son. Who are "they"? They are P-Fact. Jack was hired to steal a disc, and now he has been framed.

The first two issues of this series were so action packed, I had to read them twice to appreciate the story, and the action together. As I mentioned in my previous reviews of them, this is not a bad thing. This issue however slows down the plot with some high quality character work. A real strong factor in this series is that we, the reader, really gets to look inside Jack’s head. We get to see what type of man he is. By the way ladies, he can cook too!

Jack is willing to do anything to get his son back. We know this from his thoughts that flow from page to page. The writers have really given us time this issue to find out who Jack is before he becomes someone else. A great moment occurs in the middle of this issue when Jack has decided to have the “morphing” drug used on him as a final effort to save his son, but there is chance it could kill him. The scene in question is again inside Jack’s head as he fights for his life while the drug takes hold – again all to let us see who Jack is before he "morphs."

David Bircham is awesome; he gets better with each issue. His use of lines and shadows create a gritty world for the characters. It's very "street," if that can be used to describe an art style. I love the use of colouring, or the lack of too many colours. It gives the book a real dirty feel, very film noir. I think if this was black & white or full colour it just wouldn’t have the same impact as it does. Bircham really shows he can convey character emotions here too after all the action of the previous issues. The cover is sweet too: nice texture to the work and great sense of fear in the girl’s eyes as Jack moves in behind her.

In a nutshell: A welcome change of pace, but now let’s bring on the action. It's great to finally have Jack have his “power” in place and, thanks to that last page, is using it to get his revenge. If Jack makes it though his mini series we have a great character in the making if he can hold on his own identity, that is. Check out Brodie's Law website if you are interested in picking up this series. You really should because it is a special comic book, and it's based in London!



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